To Strive, To Seek, To Find, And Not To Yield

 

 

ULYSSES

To Strive, To Seek, To Find, And Not To Yield

 

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d
Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when
Thro’ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honour’d of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!
As tho’ to breathe were life! Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought…

 

         …There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark, broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toil’d, and wrought, and thought with me—
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads—you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

 

- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGE  ::  THE TIDE THAT TAKES US © BROOKE SHADEN  ::

 
 

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(THIS POST IS MILDLY NOT SAFE FOR WORK.  IT CONTAINS ONE QUASI-BARE ASS.  WHAT.  I SAID MILDLY…)

 

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LUCKY PIERRE’S – NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

 

IN case you missed my incessant mentions about my recent road trip to Houston and New Orleans, well…I took a recent road trip to Houston (my usual annual visit to MD Anderson) and a nice little detour to New Orleans to visit a couple of old friends of mine from my days as a Texan (as though anyone ever stops being a Texan…it rarely happens…there’s just something about Texas.  Live there for a few years and you’ll see what I mean.  It gets in your blood).

 
 

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I know I had promised you photos from my travels but I have so many to wade through and edit that it would be well into 2015 before I could give you a post with all of them.  The complete “This Was My Trip” post will be coming soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share a couple of images from a shoot I did for a few friends, the effervescent and incandescent Cherry Brown, the winged femme fatale Miss Monarch M and the mistress of mayhem who hosted the evening at Lucky Pierre’s, the fabulous and flirtatious GoGo McGregor (the photos of her gorgeous and gregarious self will be in the upcoming road trip round up post I mentioned), who all also happen to be amazing burlesque dancers.  So to tide you over I now present to you…

 

A LITTLE PHOTOGRAPHIC STRIPTEASE FROM MY RECENT TRAVELS

 
 

CHERRY BROWN

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MISS MONARCH M

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If you happen to be in New Orleans or are visiting soon, make sure to go to one of their performances.  They put on a fantastic show, guaranteed to titillate and entertain – a good time had by all.  Be sure to visit Cherry Brown, GoGo McGregor and Miss Monarch M’s sites for information about upcoming performances and events.  And since you’ll thank me later if you go see them perform, you’re welcome in advance.  Until next time…

 
 

Sultry Kisses & Half-Naked Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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BE A GOOD WHATEVER

 

MEDIOCRITY, is not something for which to strive.  I don’t care what you do, be it butcher, baker or candlestick maker…

 

JUST REMEMBER

 

BE A GOOD WHATEVER

 

BE A GOOD WHATEVER TODAY.

(AND FOR THE RECORD AND IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, YOU ARE ALREADY ARE GOOD, SO KEEP IT UP, DARLIN’.)

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGE  ::  BY BRAMANTOSETYAKI  ::

 
 

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never too late

 

GIVEN Friday’s post about inspiration and living your dream this seemed like the perfect way to kick off the week – the perfect compliment and a little reminder to us all that…

 

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE

Never Too Late

 

DAMN STRAIGHT.

(AND THANK GOD.)

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGE  ::  NEVER TOO LATE – RJMWAST  ::

 
 

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SINCE the beginning of time artists have borrowed from each other.  A few people simultaneously hit on a style, concept or technique and others follow suit.  It happens over and over again.  It always has been and always will be.  That is the nature of art.  But when does being inspired by another’s work cross the line and become theft?

 

INSPIRATION VERSUS STEALING:
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

 

Take music as an example.  Samples in music are an homage – a small piece of inspiration that’s added to the whole to create something entirely new…it’s a compliment to the creation, not the creation in its entirety.
 
The musician finds a way to incorporate a piece of something they like from the original piece into an entirely new work that doesn’t remotely resemble the original, save a brief riff that blends with the new composition.  They don’t create the exact same song, the same lyrics or just change one or two chords, one or two words and then slap a new title on it – that would be stealing.

 

THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INSPIRATION AND THEFT.

 

Artists borrow.  They share stylistic similarities while adding their own quirks and unique touches. They take a tiny portion of the original and personalize it, adapt it and change it drastically to fit their artistic vision. They twist and contort it until it’s virtually unrecognizable from the source of the inspiration.  They tell their own story.  Every artist who ever was or ever will be borrows sometimes.

 

WHAT DOESN’T EVERY ARTIST DO?

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STEAL.

 

What reputable artists don’t do is steal.  They don’t copy the original piece, change a few colors, slap a new name on it and call it theirs.  They don’t plagiarize.

 

PLAGIARISM IS WRONG.  AND IT’S ALSO ILLEGAL.

 

Earlier this year I was a victim of plagiarism.  Someone blatantly plagiarized one of my recent works (and upon investigation the work of at least one other artist) and even though time has passed I must say I’m still crushed.

I know some people will argue imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and to that I say bullsh*t.  Theft is theft.  Theft is not a compliment.

 

IF SOMEONE STEALS YOUR CAR IS IT A COMPLIMENT REGARDING YOUR TASTE IN AUTOMOBILES?
HELL NO.

 

It’s theft.  It’s someone taking something that’s yours and making it theirs without your permission.  When the image uses the exact same concept, composition, content, and posing of the model/subject it is not imitation.  It’s plagiarism and it’s illegal.  Yup, illegal…just like any other theft.

 

IS IT REALLY THAT BIG OF A DEAL?

 

Hell yes.  Never mind the legalities of it and that it demonstrates a lack of integrity, it goes beyond that.  When someone plagiarizes one of my images it’s like stealing my diary and publishing it as their own autobiography.

 

I FEEL VIOLATED.

 

 

THE STORY THEY’RE PRETENDING TO TELL ISN’T THEIRS.  IT’S MINE.

 

It’s the story of my life, my experiences, my loves, my victories, my defeats, my suffering, my passions and my heartbreaks.  This is a vile form of identity theft…they’re stealing my memories, my feelings, my thoughts and claiming them as their own. 

And now I would like to take a moment to address the person who has plagiarized my work…

 

A NOTE TO THE ARTIST IN QUESTION

 

You speak of the importance of dreams and living them to the fullest, and you absolutely should.  Go live your dream and rock it like a badass but don’t live mine or any other artists’ dreams by stealing our work.

 

BY PLAGIARIZING MY WORK YOU ARE LIVING AN IMITATION OF MY DREAM.

 

You stole my life, my pain, my feelings, my story when you stole my work and believe me, if you knew what some of those were you would never want them in a million years.  You would beg to give them back.  Truly.

 

I ADMIT I HAVE A KILLER SHOE COLLECTION BUT THERE ARE VERY FEW PAIRS YOU WOULD WANT TO WALK A MILE IN…

(BOTH FIGURATIVELY AND LITERALLY. HAVE YOU SEEN THE HEELS ON SOME OF MY SHOES?)

 

Some will say this is merely coincidence but we both know that’s not true.  Some will say you simply don’t know any better.  If that’s sincerely the case then you need to learn and study and grow more before you profess to be a professional in your field. 

I hope you will see the error of your ways and remove all the images you have plagiarized from everywhere they’re posted including any and all social media, photography sharing sites and your portfolio.

 

WILL I NAME AND SHAME?

 

Of course not.  My goal isn’t to harm you.  I want you to recognize the impact of what you did and why it’s wrong.  It’s up to you to make it right. 

I cannot stress this enough:
 

You damage your reputation, credibility and standing in the artistic community with your actions.

 

Fellow artists don’t want to work alongside a thief and galleries certainly don’t want to exhibit their work.  You’re burning bridges.  If you think word won’t get around it always does.

If you won’t take down the work and stop stealing because it’s the right thing to do, do it because you’re damaging your chance at achieving your dream.  You’re shooting yourself in the foot, and believe it or not I don’t want to see that happen. 

 

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Believe in yourself and develop your own ideas.  Tell your own story.  At the end of the day you have a moral, ethical and professional responsibility to yourself and to your fellow artists to work with honesty and integrity.  Create your own work – the expression of your life and your soul, but don’t steal the expression of others.

I sincerely hope you will turn this around.  I love to support other artists and I would love to be able to sing your praises, but only if you use this opportunity to change and grow.

*THE END*

 

WHY AM I ADDRESSING THIS PUBLICLY?

Because I want not only the artist in question but everyone who reads this to understand what is at the heart of such matters.  My hope is that both artists and non-artists can learn something from this.

 

BECAUSE IN THIS LIFE WE ARE ALL BORROWERS.

 

All of life is about borrowing bits and pieces to construct our own version of truth and wholeness, to construct our own life that is unique to us and us alone.
 
Hopefully today we’ve learned to borrow in a way that is respectful and honors both ourselves and those we borrow from.
 
We are all borrowers. So let’s borrow, shall we, and create something beautiful in our lives today.  Until next time…

 

 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 

 

IMAGES :: THE FLOCK © BROOKE SHADEN :: LIGHT – ANNE MARTHE MIDVEY :: ACT QUICK – MAX PLANES :: LYCANTHROPY NO2 ©2014 ALLI WOODS FREDERICK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. :: …LEAVING THE GHOSTS WE’VE MADE BEHIND… © 2014 ALLI WOODS FREDERICK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ::  DREAMS VIA THE CRACKED DOOR  ::  RAINY DAY INSPIRATION – JENNIFER  ::

 
 

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